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Posted Monday April, 19th 2021

Using Expressive Arts as Self-Regulation and Self-Care

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The term self-regulation is used to describe the capacity not only to control one’s impulses, but also to be able to soothe and calm the body’s reactions to stress. It is the ability to modulate affective, sensory, and somatic responses that impact all functioning, including emotions, somatic responses, and cognition. In this article, Cathy Malchiodi shares how purposeful applications of expressive arts therapy support self-regulation, and for this reason, they are often used to help children and adults reduce hyperactivation and the stress responses that result from traumatic events.

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